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Seahawk far from home

Tuesday, 16th September, 2014

Petty Officer Anthony Anyon with a Seahawk helicopter at the airport Petty Officer Anthony Anyon with a Seahawk helicopter at the airport

A navy Seahawk helicopter has stopped over in the city on its way to the south coast of NSW.

Three Seahawks arrived on Saturday but one stayed for maintenance work.

Petty Officer Anthony Anyon said they were flying from Darwin to Nowra, NSW.

"We had a couple of nights here before heading on our way home," he said.

"There are five maintenance crew and three air crew.

"We stayed in the city at a hotel and they were very accommodating."

The Seahawk is an integral part of a ship's weapons and sensor systems. With its unique sensor suite and integrated weapons systems, the helicopter extends the combat radius of ships by finding, localising and attacking where appropriate, surface or submarine targets either independently or in conjunction with other forces.

A typical Seahawk mission involves up to three hours of low level operations over the sea, day or night, in all weather conditions, often recovering to a ship's deck which pitches and rolls dramatically in heavy seas, and is generally wet with spray.

The Seahawk's sensors include search radar, magnetic anomaly detector and sonics processing for both active and passive sonobuoys. Both forward-looking infra-red and electronic support measures are also to be fitted.

The Seahawk's main weapon is the Mk46 anti-submarine torpedo.

Petty Officer Anyon said the team was very happy to be heading home.

"We've been away for three weeks, so we are looking forward to getting home," he said.

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